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Enemy Alien
a Palestinian activist's fight for freedom draws a Japanese American
filmmaker into confrontation with detention regimes of past and present.

Amazing... now that is what I call a 'real' documentary.
An exposé of the first order.
—Satsuki Ina, director, Children of the Camps & From a Silk Cocoon
Enemy Alien is a must-see documentary! The filmmaker crosses boundaries and prison walls to tell the story of this peaceful Palestinian freedom fighter...a powerful and often scary real-life tale of the shared struggle between Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans.
—Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, CAIR-Sacramento

Documentary, 2011, 82 minutes
A project of Life or Liberty
Directed by Konrad Aderer

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance.

As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a massive protest from inside detention, Farouk is beaten and locked in solitary confinement, and his American-born son Tarek is arrested in a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself.

Press kit with full synopsis

Enemy Alien is a production of Life or Liberty, a nonprofit media project telling stories of immigrant communities targeted by enforcement and "national security" profiling.

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Life or Liberty is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Life or Liberty must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The documentary Enemy Alien has received support from:

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New York State Council for the Arts
Fledgling Fund logo
The Fledgling Fund
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Center for Asian American Media
A.J. Muste logo
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute
Rooftop Films logo
Rooftop Films
Director Konrad Aderer is a 2006 grant recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City
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The Funding Exchange
Manhattan Community Arts Fund logo

Manhattan Community Arts Fund/New York Department of Cultural Affairs,
administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The Puffin Foundation Fund logo
The Puffin Foundation

Screenings and Events

Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ

The Community Church of New York
28 E. 35th Street
New York, NY 10016

June 14, 2013

The Jerusalem Fund
2425 Virginia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037

March 23, 2013

San Jose Peace and Justice Center
(between Santa Clara and San Fernando)
48 South 7th Street
San Jose, CA

2012 has been a breakthrough year for Enemy Alien as well as for Life or Liberty's next project, the Tule Lake Documentary.

New York Observer article

Asia Pacific Forum (6/27/2011)

From Japanese internment to post-911 detention:
Interview with Konrad Aderer

Insight: Mike McGowan show Capital Public Radio
KXJZ 90.9 Sacramento (2/18/2011)

Enemy Alien press kit

Enemy Alien DVD cover

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